Senate Appropriations Committee March 7, 2012
A Summary of Budget News and Actions
Getting Outside of the Capitol to Do Our Jobs
The Chairman of the Health and Human Services
Subcommittee takes her committee hearings on Performance
Evaluation on the road.
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Funding in SB1959
SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE
Senator Clark Jolley, Chair
Senator Ron Justice, Vice Chair
Ensures Promises Are Kept
The Senate kept its promises to teachers, school districts, cities and to the
general public when it passed the supplemental funding contained in
Senate Bill 1959. The measure ensures that Nationally Board Certified
Teachers will indeed receive their bonuses in 2011-12 without those
payments being deferred for an additional year. The funding also takes
care of school districts which are required to budget for 12 months of
insurance costs but were only set to receive ten months worth because of
budget cuts by the State Board of Education.
Members who campaigned on supporting public safety can point to
following through with their votes in support of ensuring there are more
troopers on Oklahoma highways and that the Medical Examiner has made
progress towards getting their accreditation back. While much more needs
to be done to achieve both of these goals, this supplemental funding is vital
for them to get their needs met.
Cities and towns which had been suffering from the lack of Oklahoma
providing funding for the many ice storms, tornados, hail storms and
wildfires were finally made whole through SB1959. While there is not yet
funding in place for future emergencies, the past obligations will be retired
through this one funding stream.